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A historic day for Grand Am as we capture their debut at Indy

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A historic day for the Grand Am Championship as they race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
A historic day for the Grand Am Championship as they race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Jeff Picoult is at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as sportscars – an in particular – Grand Am make their debut at the famed track.

His Nationwide gallery from practice is available here.

The Race in Brief

Sebastien Bourdais and Alex Popow survived a rough-and-tumble round of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series to win the inaugural Brickyard Grand Prix on Friday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Bourdais, who drove the anchor leg for Starworks Motorsport in the No. 2 Soloson Ford/Riley, pulled away on the final restart on the 2.534-mile Indy road course to clinch the Daytona Prototype division’s first North American Endurance Championship presented by VISITFLORIDA.com, a three-race midseason series.
The Brickyard victory is the latest in a string of prestigious victories for the Starworks team in 2012. The team won its class in endurance races at Sebring and Le Mans, and finished second in the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona.
“It’s amazing, sitting here in first place at the Brickyard — it’s like a dream come true,” Popow said. “This is something I’ve been chasing all year.”

Andy Lally and John Potter prevailed in the Grand Touring class, finishing fifth overall and securing the North American Endurance Championship in that division. Lally drove the closing segment for the No. 44 Magnus Racing Porsche GT3, which won for the second time this season and found redemption after a fiery end to the series’ last round at Watkins Glen.

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Photos by Jeff Picoult, July 2012

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